Challenge Sign-Up: New to You Reading Challenge

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Dates of Challenge: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Ok. I swear this is the last challenge for 2016 that I’m signing-up for. I think I only read about 3 authors last year who were new to me. So, I’m aiming to change that this year.
My Goal: Level 3 (Wading In):
25 books 
Here’s some of the potential “new to me” authors I’m aiming to read:
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Lucy Knisley
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Kristi Charish

Reading My Own Damn Books 2016 Challenge

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Challenge Host: Estella’s Revenge
Dates of Challenge: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Challenge Sign-up: Click here


This is a “choose your own adventure” kind of reading challenge. The main goal, I believe, is to knock some books off of your TBR pile.

This will be the last year long challenge I sign-up for in 2016. I just liked that this one didn’t really have any set rules. So, I had more freedom on what to do.

My goals for this challenge are:

  • Get my TBR pile down to 100 books (I’m starting out 2016 with about 165 books that I own, but haven’t read yet).
  • Do 1 purge of books on my shelves.
    • Donate the novels I’ve read, but won’t re-read and/or titles I haven’t read that no longer interest me to the library.
  • Read at least 50 books from my TBR pile.

Are you looking to trim down your TBR pile in 2016? Then join us here!

2016 Finishing the Series Challenge

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Challenge Host: Bea’s Book Nook
Dates of Challenge: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Challenge Sign-up: Click here
One of my goals for 2016 is to knock some books off of my TBR pile. This challenge should help with that since I have quite a few books from series that I need to finish-up.
My Goal: Level 3 (Experienced):
Complete 3 – 6 series (I’m not counting short stories. Only full length novels that are part of a series.)
 

2016 New Release Challenge

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The 2016 New Release Challenge is hosted by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Book Reviews and Stormy @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My.


Challenge Details

Dates: Jan. 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Rules for the 2016 New Release Challenge:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2016.
  • Other challenges can be used as well.
  • Books must be over 100 pages to qualify.

 My Goals

I don’t read a whole lot of new releases in the year. So, I’m going to be a wuss and choose the first level of the challenge with a goal of reading 15 new releases in 2016.

  • 1 – 15 books – New Release Newbie

Want to join in? Sign-up for the challenge here.

2016 Challenge: Pick Your Genre

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It’s that time of year again! Challenge sign-ups! I’m awful with completing challenges, so my goal is to do better this year. First challenge I’m joining this year is the 2016 Pick Your Genre Reading challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup.


Challenge Details

Dates: Jan 1, 2016 and ends Dec 31, 2016

What to Read: Any genre that suits your fancy! Just pick a genre (or two) and choose a reading level. To quilify, the book must be longer than 80 pages and read in 2016. Re-reads and challenge cross-overs count!


My Goals

I’m picking two genres for this challenge:

  • Paranormal Romance
    • Goal: Level 4 (Going for a Swim): 50 books
  • Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
    • Goal: Level 1 (Sunbathing): 6 books

Want to join in? Sign-up for the challenge HERE!

Bout of Books 12.0 – Monday Wrap-Up

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Monday – Day 1 Wrap-Up
Off to a good start reading wise even if the weather is currently horrible here. Curse you, winter storm Gorgon! Here’s how I did for my first day:
Reading Progress:
Day 1 and I’m already reading things that weren’t on my list. So far, I’ve Tales of the Otherworld, which is an anthology of some of Kelley Armstrong’s short stories and novellas.
So far, I’ve Tales of the Otherworld, which is an anthology of some of Kelley Armstrong’s short stories and novellas. It was a fast read since I had read most of the stories before. The only new one, to me, had been The Case of El Chupacabra. Loved reading another Paige and Lucas story, even if the plot wasn’t all that engrossing.
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 I also read Suzanne Wright’s Consumed, which clocks in at about 290 pages. It was a quick read and not too bad. Good if you’re in the mood for an extremely light vampire romance.
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Goal for Tomorrow:

With the weather, tomorrow has the potential to be a stressful day. So, I’m not aiming real high for my goal.I think I’m aiming to finish another fluffy ebook or start reading Cruel Beauty.


Book Scavenger Hunt!
This is a challenge hosted by Caught Red Handed for the Bout. The goal is to find books you have on your shelves for each of the seven categories. The camera on my phone isn’t cooperating tonight, so I won’t be doing actual pictures of my books this time around.
1. Find an author with the same initials as you:
Sylvia Plath
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2. Find a book with the color yellow on it:
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3. Find an author’s name with the letter “S” in it:
Patricia Briggs
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4. Find a book with a female protagonist:
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5. Find the longest book you own:
544 pages
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6. Find a book with a map in it or on it:
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7. Find a book with a face on it (photograph or illustrated):
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Bout of Books 12.0

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.


This will be my first time participating in a Bout of Books, so we’ll see how it goes. My goal is to read 5 books this week, which might be more difficult than usual since I’ll be traveling out of town this weekend. Below is a list of books I’m aiming to read (and one I’m planning to re-read) for this week. *these may change based on my mood during the week*

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2015 Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge

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The 8th annual Graphic Novel/Manga challenge is hosted by Nicola @ It’s All Comic to Me. The challenge is to read and review either 12, 24, or 52 comics/manga in a year. You can find the sign-up post and more information on the challenge here.

I went on a bit of a comic and manga reading binge in 2014. My totals for the year were 24 comic collections and 52 manga books read. So, this challenge is right up my alley. However, I didn’t review all of them. So, I’m going to be a wuss and shoot for the first level of this challenge which is:

Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year

2015 Resolution: Series Catch-Up

I’m a bit of a series addict. I have the tendency to start but never finish or keep-up with them. To give you a clue of how bad I am with it…I have yet to pick-up the last Harry Potter book, despite having read all of the others. So one of my goals for 2015 is to play catch-up with a few of the series I read. Below is a list of some of the main ones I’m going to try finishing this year and a few new series that I’m planning to start…because I have a problem.

Series to Catch-up with or Finish Reading


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Melissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles (Young Adult)

I’m already off to a good start with this as I just finished Cinder yesterday. I can’t wait to see where Meyer goes with these steam-punk/sci-fi/fairytale retellings. I only hope that every book doesn’t end on a cliff-hanger.


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Mercedes Lackey’s 500 Kingdoms Series (Fantasy)

Another fairy tale retelling series that I need to get caught-up with. I haven’t actually read a book in this series since 2006, but it’s one that I keep meaning to return to.


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Meljean Brook’s Guardian series (Paranormal Romance)

I’m awful about reading books in order. In 2014, I actually read the final book in this angel vs. demons series. Now I need to go back and read the two that I skipped over. I also plan to do a re-read Demon Moon for one of my 2015 challenges.


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Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series (Urban Fantasy)

Another instance where I finished the last book in the series, but still have an earlier book I need to go back and read. I adore this urban fantasy series, so it’s no hardship for me to pick-up Frostbitten at some point this year. I also have plans to do a re-read of Paige’s and Jamie’s books for my re-read category in the 105 in 2015 challenge.


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Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series (Paranormal Romance)

I really love this steampunk-ish paranormal series. I’m only two books behind on the series and I’m hoping to catch-up before the next book (Soulbound) is released at the end of February.


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C.L. Wilson’s Tairen Soul series (Fantasy/Romance)

An epic romance series that sprawls across 5 novels. I had read up to book 3 a few years ago, but publishing delays with the final book caused me to forget some plot points in the series. I need to restart at the beginning or find a detailed summary of the first three books before I can finish this one.


Series I Plan to Start
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Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss Series (Young Adult)

“Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.”

A series that I’m giving a shot based purely on the fact that so many people adore it. I wasn’t steered wrong with the Lunar Chronicles so I’m hoping this one will also live up to the hype.


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Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series (Urban Fantasy)

“Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home.”

Armstrong could write a book all about crackers and I would read it.


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Rachel Bach’s Paradox series (Sci-Fi)

“Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet.”

I usually prefer to watch sci-fi rather than read it. However, I’ve heard a lot of good buzz about this trilogy.


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A. G. Howard’s Splintered series (Young Adult)

“Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.”

I love Alice in Wonderland retellings so I’m all for giving this series a shot.


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Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series (Young Adult)

“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.”

This series has been generating a lot of hype. It sounds a little like a cross between the Hunger Games and Marie V. Snyder’s Study series based on the backcover description of book 1.


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Kelly Sue Deconnick’s Pretty Deadly series (Comic)

“Death’s daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her tale of retribution is as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.” 

Love Deconnick’s stuff, so I’m looking forward to starting this one.

105 Reading Challenge for 2015

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The 105 Challenge is hosted by ReadWriteLove28. The goal is to read 105 books (number is based on adding 14 + 13 + 12 etc. together) in 2015. The rules are simple. You must chose a category that you’ll read X number of books in. The best thing about this challenge is that you can chose your own categories. For mine I’m choosing to read:

14  Books from my “To Be Read” Pile
13 Books with Shifters
12 Comics/Manga
11 Books Released in 2015
10  Fairytale Retellings
9    Urban Fantasy Books
8    Books with illustrated covers
7    Novellas
6    Re-Reads
5    Books with Hideous Covers
4    New to me authors
3    Mystery Books
2    Non-Fiction Books
1    Classic Book

I’ll updating this page throughout the year with my progress.